He was raised by wolves after all, so let's show you how Razor gets on the hunt.
Genshin Impact Razor guide
Razor does one thing and one thing only: DPS. His Claymore ought to match. Here are a few that really hit the spot:
A somewhat ironic weapon choice, considering the character. Nevertheless, Razor will have to put aside his distaste for wielding Wolf’s Gravestone because it absolutely slaps. In short, it’s lots of ATK stat and basic attack amps - precisely what Razor needs. The gold standard.
Less consistent damage than Wolf’s Gravestone in favour of more Elemental Bursts. Energy Recharge means Lightning Fang gets to be active way more consistently, which means more damage and Attack SPD steroids for Razor. Add in Sky-ripping Dragon Spine for the vacuum blade AoE and Skyward Pride can make Razor very formidable.
Good for a DPS choice, better still for a sub-DPS build.
A strong choice and far more easily attainable than the previous two options. Attack scaling is always great on Razor, and Crush has the potential to absolutely obliterate the unfortunate opponent(s) it hits. Better yet, because it's forgeable Crush can be made increasingly powerful through Refinement with relative ease.
A last, perhaps unusual option that deserves a mention. Debate Club is surprisingly well thought of in the Genshin Impact community, and it's another tier easier again to acquire and Refine than Prototype Animus. Razor can have Blunt Conclusion Active effectively on CD because of how spammable his Elemental Skill is, elevating the weapon via its ability rather than its 3* stats.
With Razor’s main goals in mind (again for those at the back, it’s damage), there are two main ways to build Razor:
Either go Full Gladiator’s Finale or a 2/2 split between Gladiator’s Finale and Bloodstained Chivalry. Both empower Razor’s sustained DPS and high uptime playstyle, with Gladiator’s Finale offering a slightly more versatile damage profile, while the Bloodstained Chivalry split really empowers his basic attacks.
There are some more niche options which work as well, namely Full Thundering Fury or Thundersoother. The former works well if you have a number of other off-field Enablers (think Xiangling or Jean) with which you can spam out Elemental Reactions via consistent Claw and Thunder uses alongside Razor’s Elemental Burst.
The latter is best set up either with few Elemental Reactions (the better to keep Electro applied for the set damage amp), or with Hydro teammates. Razor takes no damage from Electro-charged while using his Elemental Burst, and the Reaction doesn’t remove Electro allowing Thundersoother’s set effects to stay active.
Much like with his artifact choices, Razor’s stat needs are pretty one-dimensional:
- Physical DMG Goblet
- Crit Rate (50~%+)
- Crit DMG
- Energy Recharge
If you are running Thundering Fury or Thundersoother, an Electro Goblet may well serve you better.
Razor is all about consistent uptime and DPS. Lightning Fang, his Elemental Burst, empowers that to another level with steroids for his Attack SPD and a Soul Companion that also does a hefty percent of Razor’s Attack DMG in sync with his basic attacks.
When Lightning Fang is down, his Elemental Skill helps up his Energy Recharge and Elemental Energy levels while doing damage. If you’re against a single target, you’ll want to press more than hold, and vice versa for grouped enemies.
That said, try and get at least one or two Electro Sigils from presses before you go for a hold (preferably all three) to get the most out of the Elemental Energy gain Razor gets for absorbing Electro Sigils via holding his Elemental Skill.
And that really is the cycle: use Lightning Fang to empower Razor’s DPS, then use Claw and Thunder to deal damage and ensure Lightning Fang is up and available again as soon as possible.
Be careful though! If you switch characters while using Razor’s Elemental Burst, then it is cancelled. It’s for this reason that he cannot be played as a Support of some kind - he needs to be on the field to make any use of his kit.
That said, he functions just fine (very well, frankly) as a sub-DPS choice as well as the main DPS. Just switch him in when Lighting Fang is ready, blitz through as many enemies as possible, then switch back out once the duration is over.
Regarding teammates, you really will need a healer. Razor gets in the thick of things but has low mobility and no healing or shielding, so you’ll have to set him up with that elsewhere. Diona, Barabara and Bennett are all excellent choices, with good Elemental Reactions to boot.
You’ll also want to consider running double Pyro for the Attack boost from the Elemental Resonance. Superconduct is also worth its weight in gold for the 40% debuff to enemies Physical RES, so strongly consider anyone from Kaeya to Qiqi as Enablers for the wolf boy.
All that’s left now is for you to go out there and prove yourself the alpha wolf! Best of luck, Traveller.